I’ve had a unit of 28mm Spanish dragoons from the Napoleonic Wars languishing in my unpainted models box for some years now. I bought them from Front Rank when I was painting Spanish units for my Peninsula armies.
While I had great fun painting the Spanish infantry and guerillas, for whatever reason I never got the urge to paint those cavalry.
Well, that’s about to change. The other day, while I was looking for something else, I found the dragoons lying dolefully at the bottom of the lead-pile. I felt sorry for the poor blighters, and so I’ve now committed to finally painting them. And making it public here means that I now have to do so!
I don’t know why I’ve resisted painting them for so long. After all, Spanish dragoons have a rather splendid yellow uniform, which will be fun to paint, because yellow is such an unusual colour in the horse-and-musket wargamer’s palette. But it’ll also be a challenge to ensure they don’t end up looking too gaudy.
Illustration by Jose Maria Bueno, from the site: http://greatestbattles.iblogger.org/GB/Spanish/Dragoons.htm
Don’t expect anything too fast though. My painting pace these days is glacial. And I do also have some Minden Miniatures 18th century generals sitting half-done who will need finishing too.
But I made a start today by washing the figures in detergent. It reminded me how beautifully sculpted and cast Front Rank’s figures are. So I’m now getting quite enthused to start painting …